A great footballer has a lot of fans and followers who consider him their ideal and try to copy his playing style. Although sometimes being the greatest ever doesn’t make the most popular among the bunch. It also depends on how you treat your fans, how do you look, your TV commercials, and the amount of joy you gave to the football lovers through your skills and abilities. Here we have created a list of top 15 famous soccer players of all time.
Top 15 Famous Soccer Players of All Time
15. Gareth Bale
On the 15th spot of our list of famous soccer players is the Welshman, Gareth Bale. Bale is currently the best player of the Wales’ international team and is one of the key reasons why they got qualified for the Euro Cup 2016. Apart from this, Gareth Bale is an excellent player and his move from Tottenham Hotspurs to Real Madrid in 2013 made him the most expensive football player ever. And this is one of the major reasons for his popularity.
14. Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli is a special kind of a player. He was once a great player and was considered to be an exciting prospect in the football world. But the reason for his popularity is not his skills and style of play. But his controversial activities on and off the pitch. He has faced a number of bans in his career due to his behavior on the pitch with other players and referees and his statements on media. These factors are responsible for Mario Balotelli’s flop career.
13. Ricardo Kaka
On the 13th spot of the list of famous soccer players is the Brazilian Ricardo Kaka. Kaka has been one of the best players ever. His creative style of play and fair behavior on and off the pitch has made him one of the most lovable football players. His looks made him a fashion icon for a number of multinational brands. Currently, Kaka has 11 million followers on his Instagram and 32 million on Facebook account.
12. Wayne Rooney
At the age of 31, Wayne Rooney is struggling for form, required to play first division football that too for a club like Manchester United. But looking back at his career, he is an absolute legend of the game. He has been at Manchester United since a very young age and is currently the club’s all-time top scorer. Not only Manchester United, but he is all time leading goal scorer of English national team as well.
11. Zinedine Zidane
The French midfield Maestro Zinedine Zidane features in the list on the 11th spot. Zidane has been one of the best players in the history of football. He is now the head coach of Real Madrid CF where he once used to play. The Frenchman was a galactico of Real Madrid who the Spanish club bought from Juventus for a record transfer fee at that time.
10. David Beckham
David Beckham is a successful ex-football player, a fashion icon, and a reason why females started watching football. He has enjoyed a great career starting from Manchester United and then went on to play for clubs like Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG and La Galaxy. He is super rich at the moment and a legend of the game.
9. Neymar Jr
Once a wonder kid, Neymar is now among one of the best players in the world playing alongside Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Andres Iniesta at FC Barcelona. He is famous for his skills and his stylish looks. It is just a matter of time when Neymar will be the heir of Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona and will become the best player in the world just like the Argentine is at the moment.
8. Johan Cryuff
The Dutchman Johan Cruyff was an excellent player and had a footballing philosophy based on playing simple and entertaining football. He is reason behind Barcelona’s success in the past decade. It was him who laid the foundation stone of FC Barcelona’s La Masia Academy which gifted the football world with players like Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldinho Gaucho, the trickster is here at the 7th spot of the list of top 15 famous soccer players and is the most loved football player ever. He was respected by the rival players and fans as well. He had a unique style of play which no one has ever been able to copy. The Brazilian never scored a handful of goals, but he won hearts by destroying opponents with his excellent skills with a smile on his face.
6. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is like a God to Argentines. He won his country the world cup and had a pretty successful career with the Italian club Napoli. Maradona is considered one of the greatest in the game and is compared to Pele and Lionel Messi. However, he had allegations to be involved in drugs consumption.
5. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
Ronaldo Luís`Nazário de Lima, most commonly known as the Brazilian Ronaldo, has been the best number 9 the game has ever witnessed. He had skills, speed, and technique to rip apart defenses. But The only thing between him and his eternal success were injuries. Ronaldo was an injury prone hence could only score 414 goals in his entire career. He could have broken all the records only if he had better fitness.
4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Swede has been the most controversial figure in football. He is a one man army and had a great impact where ever he played. Zlatan has an extremely strong personality and has been one of the bad boys in the game due to his conflicts on and off the pitch. Moreover, he has scored some special goals throughout his career which makes him this much popular among the football fans.
At this moment, Pele is considered the greatest football player ever alongside Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. He has been a legend in Brazil and all over the world. He has won his country the world cup 3 times in succession and has scored 700 goals in his entire career.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players of his era and the 2nd most popular soccer players ever. He has been incredible throughout his career with the clubs and the national team. He started his career with the Portuguese club Sporting CP and then went on to play for Manchester United. In 2009, he was bought by the Spanish club Real Madrid CF for a record transfer fee at that time. He is now the top scorer of Real Madrid and the all-time leading goal scorer in UEFA Champions league, only 1 ahead of his rival Lionel Messi. At the moment, Cristiano is the highest earning player in the football world and is one of the most popular with a large number of social media followers.
1. Lionel Messi
Arguably the greatest player of all time Lionel Messi tops the list of top 15 famous soccer players. Messi is not only one of the most famous soccer players, but he is the best player in the world as well. He has achieved incredible milestones in his career and a lot more is yet to come. Leo also has social media accounts with millions of followers which adds to his popularity.